HOBART | First they served us the "Brickie Bowl." Now they've unleashed the "Green Monster."
A kelly green hitting wall now graces Hobart High School's tennis facility.
"This is a site improvement made possible by a grant from the USTA," Hobart varsity boys and girls tennis coach Carl Davis said. "We had it in pieces indoors during the winter. It costs about $9,000 ... the grant ($3,000) was the reason we were able to afford it."
The United State Tennis Association only issues 40 grants a year to tennis programs across the country. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
"It's a long application process," Davis said. "While applying for the grant, you have to show what you plan to do with the money.
"You also have to show how much you promote and contribute to tennis throughout the community. You go through four stages during the approval process. When you're approved at the first stage, you move on to the next stage ... and then to the next. A lot is required before finally securing grant."
The process took a full year. To celebrate the extended effort and subsequent approval, Davis, members of his sectional-champion girls team, and Hobart athletic director Bob Glover held a ribbon-cutting for the hitting wall shortly before the school year ended.
Though the high school season is over, there will be plenty of tennis played at the facility during the summer. Programs from the Summer Brickie Tennis Academy are already underway or about ready to start.
"Our academy is USTA approved," Davis said, "and our Midwest Team Tennis program attracts the most players in the area."